On Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Premier Health Classical Series Concert Stories & Dreams, and on Sunday March 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., Neal Gittleman and the DPO will present the DP&L Foundation Family Series Concert Musical Fables and Tales. All three concerts will feature guest narrator Nancy Cartwright, native of the Dayton area and well-known as the voice of Bart Simpson, who brings her flair for voice-overs to narrate Norton Juster’s The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics. Composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez has written a beautiful score that highlights the drama of this mathematical love story.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Classical Concert Stories & Dreams begins with the overture of Carl Maria von Weber’s haunting three-act opera Der Freischütz. The program continues on a lighter note with The Dot and the Line, and concludes with Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1.,with four movements entitled Dreams of a Winter Journey; Land of Desolation, Land of Mists; Scherzo; and Finale. As we bid farewell to winter, may the Winter Daydreams of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 give way to the long-awaited spring in many of our own dreams this year.
On Sunday afternoon, the Family Concert Musical Fables and Tales opens with Leonard Bernstein’s popular The Overture to Candide, and continues with a fun piece by DPAA’s composer-in-residence Stella Sung, who contributes the score for Atlas’ Revenge, a short animated film about a goldfish in Venice, produced by the Visual Language Unit of the University of Central Florida’s School of Visual Arts and Design. Selections from Maurice Ravel’s delightful Mother Goose follow, and Nancy Cartwright then joins the DPO again for The Dot and the Line. Gioachino Rossini’s exciting William Tell Overture, best known to many as the theme music for The Lone Ranger, concludes this performance.